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Document Scanning
4:44 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Nixon Signs Bill Blocking Scanning Of Documents For Driver's Licenses

The dome of the Missouri Capitol.
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Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation blocking the Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.

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Dept. of Revenue/Conceal Carry
5:34 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Cole Co. Judge Quashes Subpoenas Served To Nixon Admin. Officials Over Document Scanning

Mo. Capitol
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One day after a Missouri House committee issued subpoenas to several members of Governor Jay Nixon's (D) administration, a Cole County judge has issued a preliminary order blocking the subpoenas.

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3:39 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Increases To Drivers License Fees

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announces his veto of Senate Bill 51 in St. Louis, Mo., on June 26, 2013. The bill would have increased an array of licensing office fees for Missouri drivers.
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri drivers will not see their license fees double. Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have increased an array of fees at your local license office.

Under the bill, the costs of registering a vehicle would have gone up by $1.50. It also would have doubled the application fee for titles and obtaining or renewing a driver's license.

The bill was projected to raise $22 million annually, but Nixon in St. Louis Wednesday said it didn't specify the improvements that would be made using the money.

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MO Statehouse
3:17 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Mo. House Hearings On Driver's License Document Scanning Controversy Begin

Jackie Bemboom (seated, at microphone) head of the Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle and Driver’s License division, testifies at the Missouri Capitol on June 26, 2013.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 4:38 p.m.

A Missouri House committee formed to investigate the Department of Revenue’s scanning of driver’s license applicants’ documents has begun two days of hearings into the controversy.

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2:21 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Illinois Poised To Allow Driver's Licenses For Those In U.S. Illegally

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Updated 3:06 p.m. with comment from Gov. Quinn. Will be updated further. Reporting from Brian Mackey used in this report

The Illinois House has approved legislation allowing those who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

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8:41 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Ill. Lawmakers To Debate Driver's Licenses For People In U.S. Illegally

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Updated 12:10 p.m.

A proposal that could make Illinois the next state to allow people who are in the U.S. illegally to get driver's licenses has passed out of a House committee.

It's ready for a House floor vote. Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign it, if it comes to his desk.

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Immigrants driver's licenses
8:25 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Illinois Officials Push For Illegal Immigrant Driver's Licenses

Governor Pat Quinn is among the politicians calling for illegal immigrants in Illinois to get driver's licenses.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 3 p.m. to include comments from Cullerton and Edgar comments. Tony Arnold contributed reporting from Chicago, and Brian Mackey from Springfield, Ill.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass a bill out of the Senate next week to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. And Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign the legislation, if it lands on his desk.

Quinn and Cullerton attended a bipartisan news conference Tuesday that included former Gov. Jim Edgar and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, both Republicans.

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1:53 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Mo. House passes English driver's license mandate

The Missouri House has passed legislation requiring driver’s license exams to be given in English only.

The final debate boiled down to safety versus respect for immigrants.  State Representative Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis) says she represents constituents from several different nationalities, and added that every member of the House descended from immigrants.

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English-only driver's tests
8:56 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Mo. House endorses English-only driver's exams

Mo. House chambers
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given only in English.

Currently, the state of Missouri provides the written driver’s exam in English and eleven other languages.  House Member Mark Parkinson (R, St. Charles) says his bill follows the spirit of the state constitution’s mandate that public proceedings be conducted in English.

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English-Only Drivers' Tests
3:12 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

Mo. House endorses English-only drivers tests

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license tests to be given in English only.

Supporters say doing so would help immigrants assimilate easier into American culture and promote safety, since road signs in Missouri are in English.

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